A key part of our programmes are ‘Witness sessions’ when students hear from inspirational speakers (witnesses) who have first-hand experience of the issues our students are facing. Like witnesses in a law court they give testimony about what it’s really like to start and grow social organisations. Our Witnesses are some of the most inspirational entrepreneurs around who take time out of their very busy lives to help our social entrepreneurs. We’d like you to meet them and be inspired!
Meet: Monroe Vincent, Led By Dreams
Latest in the new ‘More Expert by Experience’ series by SSE Fellow Chris Lee
The Feed is a trading arm of Community Interest Company LEAP (www.norwichleap.co.uk) providing fine food, catering services and more, in and around Norwich. They’re passionate about food and people – well, that’s what it says on their website – and nothing The Feed’s founder Barry Allard, a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs in Ipswich, tells me makes me think otherwise.
I’m re-interviewing Barry 18 months on from our first chat about what starting a social enterprise demands and how he and his growing team have overcome the challenges.
By SSE Fellow, Melanie Glass, Founder Devenishgirl Bakery, @Devenishgirlb
“What day is it?” asked Pooh.
“Today” squeaked Piglet.
“My favourite day” stated Pooh.
Before he became CEO, Alastair was a student on the very first cohort of School for Social Entrepreneurs back in 1998, as a result of attending SSE he set up his own social enterprise which he ran for 3 years.
These first-hand experiences have shaped his leadership style, here he gives his top 5 leadership lessons for social entrepreneurs: